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Title: Letter from Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission, to Tibor Navracsics, Deputy Prime Minister of Hungary, of 23 December 2010
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Files: Letter from Kroes to Navracsics 23 December 2010.pdf
Abstract: This letter of 23 December 2010 is the first one in which Vice-President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes raises the issue of the newly adopted Hungarian media legislation with Deputy Prime Minister Tibor Navracsics. Noting the adoption of the Media Act two days previously, Kroes reminds Navracsics that "freedom of expression constitutes one of the essential foundations of our democratic societies," media pluralism and press freedom "are underlying elements of European democracy guaranteed by the Charter of Fundamental Rights", and "independent regulatory authorities for the broadcasting sector have an important role to play". She proceeds to note that "numerous commentators" have expressed concerns that the law "risks jeopardising" such rights by "giving very broad competences" to the new Media Authority, whose composition does not guarantee its independence. Finally, she also notes doubts about provisions in the law "which apparently are applicable to broadcasters established in other Member States, which raises potential questions" regarding their compatibility with the Audiovisual Media Services (AVMS) Directive.
Publication/ adoption date: 2010-12-23
Language: English